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Check Your Pet’s Microchip

How to Check Your Pets Microchip


Check the Chip- Get Your Pet Scanned

You can do this for free at a veterinary office, animal shelter and some pet stores. Call ahead to make sure the establishment can scan your pet using a universal scanner (one that reads can read all microchip frequencies).

If a chip is detected, write the number down and look it up here or by vistiing the the AAHA pet microchip lookup. If it’s registered, a telephone number will display that you can call or instrucitons to sign in to your dashboard. If all of your contact information is up to date, your all set. If not, you will need to update it.

No Microchip? Get one!

Most veterinary offices and pet shelters will insert a microchip and register it with Peeva for a nominal fee. If not, make sure to get a copy of your pet’s microchip paperwork, which will contain your pet’s unique microchip number then register it right away from your phone or when you get home.

The problem over lost pets is an epidemic and a microchip is your best line of defense in ensuring you will be reunited with your pet should they ever go missing. Whether or not your furry friend never leaves your side or you have a very tall fence, anything can happen despite your best efforts. Pets tend to wander out of the house or yard as they are curious and often get picked up before they can find their way back home.

Microchips are the only permanent form of pet identification

A microchip is the only permanent form of ID your pet will ever have because it’s implanted and unlike any other option including GPS that is attached to a collar, collars can fall off or be taken off. They are extremely reliable and will last your pet’s entire lifetime, but they need to be registered with your contact information with a pet recovery service that provides a database that is actively searched and employs team of telephone support that are available at all times of the day to answer inbound calls to coordinate your found pet’s prompt return.

Collars can fall off or be taken off!

Although a name tag with your phone number is a must as most good samaritans don’t have microchip scanners, an ID tag will save them the hassle of taking your pet into a vet or shelter to be scanned.

How and where are microchips placed?

Microchips are implanted just under the skin, below the neck and between the shoulder blades via a syringe. Your pet will feel a slight pinch for a quick second, but nothing to require anesthetic or sedation.

Each microchip contains a unique string of digits that serve as its unique identifier when registered to the pet owner directly with their current contact information. The microchip is activated by scanner that is waved over it at close range. Once the chip is detected, the scanner (or reader) displays the microchip’s unique identification number that can be searched in a database and the pet owner can be contacted.

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Can a microchip get lost inside my pet?

Although it’s rare for a microchip to migrate as they are implanted in a pet’s subcutaneous tissue which holds it in place, pet care professionals are trained to scan pets using a figure 8 type motion over a pet’s entire body until a chip is read.

How long do microchips last?

A microchip will last a pet’s entire lifetime.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

Many veterinarians and some animal shelters implant microchips for a small fee, but just getting a microchip isn’t enough—you also need to register it with a legit pet recovery service. A good rule of thumb is to do so with the company that distributed the chip.

How do I register my pet?

Registering your pet is easy. You can do it online with the company that distributed the chip. If you don’t know what company your pet’s chip belongs to please see our updated microchip guide. Some companies charge a one-time registration fee while others charge an annual fee. It has never been expensive to register a microchip, but some registries are more expensive than others depending on the level of services they offer. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. Some may offer a free name tag with your pet’s microchip ID, but it is not adivsed to include your pet’s chip ID on a tag as it can then easily be registered in another database that does not cross reference other registries. Your pet’s microchip ID is like your pets social security number. You wouldn’t walk around in public with your social security number in plain view for obvious reasons. Whatever you do, don’t register your pet’s chip with a free service as they are scams that exist for no other purpose than to build up marketing lists that are sold off to online marketing firms that will simply spam you email inbox.

Are there different types of chips?

Yes, there are multiple micorhip companies with no standardization between them. There are multiple microchips, multiple scaners, and multiple frequencies in which they operate. In other words, not all microchips could be read by all scanners, and there was no true universal scanner that could read all the different frequencies until fairly recently.

Are there different registries?

Yes, and multiple registries offered by different chip companies have created a problem. The AAHA pet microchip lookup tool was developed in response to this, however, numerous free registries are have been offered participation which has compounded the problem. Please click here for a list of legit registries.

Can a microchip replace my pet's collar and tags?

Yes, but it is always a good idea to have your phone number attached to your pet’s collar as a good semartian will not have a scanner. Peeva requires all of our veterinary partners and shelters in our network to scan pet’s for microchips regardeless of a tag present or not. Microchips are the only permant form of ID a pet will ever have whereas collars and tags can be removed and replaced. ensures all pets that are seen at any veterinary artner or shelter in our network

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Any veterinary professional or shelter worker with access to Peeva can simply scan your pet for a microchip and instantly notify you with their location details. We also give other legit registries as well as the AAHA Lookup Tool the ability to make live calls to our API to ensure all pet’s that are registered with Peeva can be found by shelters and veterinary hospitals that have yet to join our expansive network.

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